Members of Congress Will Now Have to Personally Pay to Settle Sexual Misconduct Claims

Members of Congress will have to pay out of pocket to settle sexual misconduct claims under legislation that Congress passed this week.

Lawmakers could previously use public funds to settle the claims.

The House of Representatives and the Senate approved the bipartisan measure on a voice vote on Dec. 13.

“Time is finally up for members of Congress who think that they can sexually harass and get away with it. They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed. … They will pay back the U.S. Treasury,” one of the House co-sponsors, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), told reporters after the vote, reported Reuters.

“We want to thank 1,500 former staff members of Congress who wrote a letter to us who made the case all too clear, that sexual harassment in Congress was a huge problem,” she added.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who led the Senate legislation, said in a statement: “Today, the House and Senate came together to end a broken process that failed victims for far too long.”

“This bipartisan, bicameral agreement will protect the rights of victims and ensure perpetrators are held accountable for conduct unacceptable in the Congress or any workplace,” he added.

According to a report from the Office of Compliance, more than $17 million was paid out in settlements between 1997 and 2017.

The money was paid out in over 250 settlements, the office said.

The legislation mandates a $300,000 cap on liability for each lawmaker if a court has assessed the damages and no limit on liability for settlements.

Congress must also regularly report and publish settlements in the future, a stark departure from the past when such settlements were kept secret.

Al Franken

Al Franken
Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 12, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP File Photo)


Lawmakers Resign Over Allegations
In the past year alone, a number of lawmakers have left office following sexual misconduct allegations, including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

Farenthold used $84,000 in public funds to settle a sexual harassment settlement, according to Politico. He resigned earlier this year.

Lauren Greene, Farenthold’s former communications director, sued her boss in December 2014 over allegations of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and creating a hostile work environment, saying when she complained about comments he made to her, the congressman fired her.

Farenthold said he wants to repay the taxpayer funds.

john conyersjohn conyers
U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 12, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) resigned late last year after word of a secret settlement of more than $27,000 to a staffer who said he made sexual advances toward her emerged.

After the story broke, six other women said Conyers sexually harassed them or made inappropriate remarks.

Conyers’ attorney said the former lawmaker would not repay the taxpayer funds. Arnold Reed told HLN that Conyers wouldn’t pay the funds back because the payment was cleared by lawyers.

“Because the ethics committee is conducting an investigation and has not been determined that A, that was taxpayer money and B, they cleared any settlement that the congressman entered into, as I told you, several days ago,” he said.

From NTD News

www.theepochtimes.com/members-of-congress-will-now-have-to-personal...

Views: 28

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

And the number of candidates have dwindled. 

RSS

Latest Activity

Diana favorited cynner's blog post He Said to Kill People in Interracial Relationships, Yet an Airport Is Named for Him. (No, It’s not John Wayne)
12 minutes ago
Old Denmark posted a status
"LIVE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4a86eH7l0 It's going down at the Colombian border""
23 minutes ago
Chris of the family Masters commented on the mighty bull's video
Thumbnail

Mad as Maori Weapons Skills!!!

"Ozies are very fortunate the rugby haka is performed without the weapons..."
1 hour ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited the mighty bull's video
1 hour ago
Gralton favorited Chris of the family Masters's discussion Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old
2 hours ago
Gralton replied to Chris of the family Masters's discussion Scientists: Geological evidence shows the Great Sphinx is 800,000 years old
"it was dug out of the rock right? so the water eroded the walls of the pit. Just how long ago we may never know. SO they are saying it wasn't water run off but submerged?"
2 hours ago
Gralton favorited Deep Space's blog post Should we screen everyone running for public service for psychopathy?
3 hours ago
Gralton favorited James T. Kirk's blog post The Only Things You Need To Know About Radio Prep
3 hours ago
the mighty bull posted a video

Mad as Maori Weapons Skills!!!

Awesome Maori weaponary demonstration by superb Haka International performer Edz. Check out the move at timeframe 1.01!!! MEAN MAORI MEAN for teambuilding wo...
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer commented on Deep Space's video
Thumbnail

The Truth About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez With David Icke

"Occasional Kotex is a completely delusional psychopathic libtard"
3 hours ago
the mighty bull commented on cheeki kea's photo
Thumbnail

YOU'RE the CA$H !

"yeh we want all that fuckin money back now or we gonna take back all the assets. i gotta brush up on my weapon skills."
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited Central Scrutinizer's video
3 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer posted videos
3 hours ago
the mighty bull favorited Less Prone's photo
3 hours ago
the mighty bull commented on Old Denmark's photo
Thumbnail

shamina invader

"thats what my people want to,  but I give you a heads up,  you cunts arent commin here. Dont even think about it cos there will be no thinking after that. "
3 hours ago
Old Denmark posted videos
4 hours ago

Please remember this website is supported by your donations...

© 2019   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2015 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted